Arizona's Rashad Johnson brushes off loss of fingertip

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- His left middle finger appearing to be bloody Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) lies on the ground at bottom right, after attempting to tackle New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) lost part his left middle finger on the play.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- His left middle finger appearing to be bloody Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) lies on the ground at bottom right, after attempting to tackle New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) lost part his left middle finger on the play.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson lost more than a football game in New Orleans. The tip of the middle finger on his left hand departed there, too.

Johnson displayed the reduced digit to reporters when the team gathered Monday in Florida, where it will practice in preparation for next Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Johnson removed his glove after a tackle and found the top of his finger was still in the glove, which was drenched in blood. Now the index finger and middle finger are about the same length.

Johnson joked that the finger “probably wouldn’t have been used for anything good anyway.” Doctors shaved down the damaged finger, and Johnson said he might play next Sunday.

“I don’t know if there is a word I can use to describe the pain,” he said. “To have someone chip away at your bone and dig into it to get to the point of where it can be covered up ... it’s pretty painful the day after.”